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Everything posted by darcshadow

  1. Sticker Bomb pattern

    Kind of doubt you'll find a legal pattern to buy since most of what I saw on the google search had obvious copyright and trademarked images in the mix.
  2. I don't know how the original poster did it, but I would do it by making two outlines. Make a white outline around the word, then make a second outline of the white in the grey/silver color, then delete the white outline.
  3. Making the switch to a true serial connection, or a good adapter is the way to go. You can run a cheap serial cable 50ft with little to no problems.
  4. Newbie help woth a font

  5. MH Refine 721 Help

    Static would be my first guess, and easiest to remedy. Ground the stand that the vinyl rest on. You can either run a grounding wire from the stand to a ground point on the cutter, or to a local ground such as the ground pin on a standard outlet. Second possible problem is that you're using a mac. The MH cutters are sold as not compatible with macs. I suspect this is more an issue with the cheap usb chipset than anything else. which brings us to the 3rd thing. Are you using USB or serial? Serial is recommended as the USB-2-Serial chipset built into the MH is cheap junk. If you don't have a true serial connection you can get a tripp-lite adapter. It is the only one known to work every time, all the time.
  6. I’m back but how long?

    It's a streaming service, a little like Netflix or Hulu, but it's people playing video games.
  7. Bit late now I realize, but this is one of those reasons why you always make note of the settings you start with before making any changes.
  8. no image cut

    Also, what software are you using?
  9. I know how to account for the cone shape of a cup to get the image to go straight, my question is does anyone have a formula that accounts for how the image looks on the vertical curve. For example, if you place a square on a cylinder and then look at it straight on, depending on the radius of the cylinder and the size of the square, it will look like a rectangle. It will appear to be taller than wide. Anyone have a calculation to compensate for this?
  10. High temp vinyl

    Don't think I'd want to try reflective as a stencil, that stuff is a pain in the butt to removed, rips real easy.
  11. Distortion Correction on Cup

    This only accounts for the cone shape and getting the design to be straight, does not account for the perceived width verses actual width of the image.
  12. Distortion Correction on Cup

    A string and straight edge would work. Lay the straight edge across the top of the cup and set it for the width of your image, then take the string and wrap it around the cup to get the length of the arc. Then just stretch the image out to the length of the arc. That should work, I like knowing the math as well.
  13. Distortion Correction on Cup

    That'll get you close, but not exact, and there's the question of not knowing both blue and red, you only know one or the other. I edited my previous post so you might have missed my equation that I came up with.
  14. Distortion Correction on Cup

    Wildgoose, I don't think we're talking about the same thing. Here's a diagram. In order to get the red square to appear square on the cylinder, it will need to be stretched to the size of the blue rectangle. Go-C, after doing the math, 10% is pretty close to what the match comes back with. It'll vary some depending on size of cup/cylinder and size of image but 10% is a good ballpark. After some more thinking I think I decided I want to shrink the height rather than change to width so here is my new equation. H = h/w*D*sin(w/D) h - height of image w - width of image D - diameter of cup H - new height for image
  15. High temp vinyl

    Are you wanting to use the vinyl just as a stencil? If so, I've found that if you put the cup in just long enough to get the powder to flow, then pull it out, let it cool a little then remove the vinyl and stick it back in for the full cure it works quite well. Timing on removing the vinyl is key. If it is too hot adhesive residue gets left on the cup and is a pain to get off after the full bake. However if you wait till the vinyl and powder are too cold removing the vinyl is harder and the lines are not as crisp. For designs with a lot of pieces to remove I will use a heat gun to keep the vinyl and powder in the sweet spot for removal. If you're putting the decal on to stay and then clear coating over it, I have not tried that yet, but I've read online where most powders can be baked at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time. There are also some lower temperature clear coats that cure as low as 325 to 350.
  16. Snowmobile tracks

    Did you try google and if so what did you search for? I simply put in snowmobile tracks graphics and found tons of different tread patterns. None of them have the ski tracks from the front it, but that'd be easy enough to add manually.
  17. Distortion Correction on Cup

    Getting is straight isn't my problem, The pattern along path in Inkscape takes care of that for me. The problem is say a 3" square when applied to a cylinder will not appear to be 3" wide anymore because of the curve, it'll appear to be slightly less. So you either have to make the image shorter or wider to keep the original aspect ratio. This is not usually an issue for most designs but I have one that is, at least it is to me, because I have noticed it, and now every time I look at it I see it.
  18. Distortion Correction on Cup

    After a bit more thinking I don't think this is as complicated as I thought it might be. Dusting off my high school geometry I think the following will give the width you'd need to stretch an image to get it to appear at the correct aspect ratio. Stretch Width = arcsin(image width/Diameter of cylinder) Need to experiment, but I believe if I stretch the image as specified by the equation and then run it through the cone correction tool when applied to a glass it should be straight and have the desired appearance.
  19. New Business Laptop

    No, what you have now is plenty for vector graphic design. Inkscape is a free vector program you can download and give a try. It is a bit slow starting up, but once is running it runs great.
  20. Which vinyl has the strongest adhesive?

    You might try letting the glasses sit a day or two with the decal applied and give the adhesive time to really setup. Also, a good cleaning of the glass with rubbing alcohol will help get a good stick.
  21. Proper air pressure for glass etching using a sandblaster

    I'm usually around 50psi. It really depends on air flow and how well the siphon pickup is working. Different setups will need different setting. The lower the setting you can get away with and still get a good etch the better so it won't rip through the vinyl. One thing that took me awhile to discover, and made a big difference, on the siphon pickup, the top of it needs to be above the media. If the entire tube is under media you'll get a surge of media, then just air, then another surge.
  22. Issues converting to dxf

    I'm still curious why you want to convert to dxf. Most every program I've seen that uses dxf can also just as easily use eps, ai, or svg.
  23. Recheck blade depth first, search for mz skeeter's instructions on here for the proper way to do it, they are everywhere, she post them a lot. Will probably post them here before long. If you're cutting too deep you have too much blade out, if the blade is set correctly, it's not possible to cut too deep. Once that's done, double check the cutting strip, has it gotten damaged.
  24. 721 cutter

    You're going to have to provide more info than that if you want help. What software? How are you connected, USB or Serial? Using a Keyspan adapter? How do you define "hissy fit"? What do you mean "won't work"? What have you tried?
  25. MH871 Cutting crooked

    The MH, while a decent cutter, is the bottom of the barrel of cutters. Doing something that big the tracking is going to drift. Pulling the vinyl off the roll so that the cutter is not pulling can help but no guarantee that I'll solve the problem. Some software will let you cut in segments so that you're only feeding say 6" of vinyl at a time, this can help improve tracking but it also means that your long straight lines will be made up of several short cuts, that may not line up perfect. If you're only problem is the long straight boarders, I'd suggest changing it so the cutter only cuts one side of the boarder then lay the vinyl out on a table and with a straight edge cut the other side of the boarder. That way, even if the tracking is off a little on the cutter you can make the boarder the same width all the way around.